Paris, April 30, 2012
Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Romain Nadal, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ deputy spokesman (Paris, 30th April 2012) :
Pakistan : murder of Mr. Khalil Dale, ICRC humanitarian worker
France utterly condemns the barbaric murder of Mr. Khalil Dale, a British humanitarian worker from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in the city of Quetta, Pakistan.
Mr. Dale, who was kidnapped in January, had been in charge of an ICRC humanitarian aid program in Quetta for nearly a year. He cared for all victims of fighting in Pakistan and Afghanistan, without discrimination.
France pays tribute to the memory and work of Khalil Dale, whose sense of commitment and courage took him to such difficult conflict regions as Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq.
In these painful circumstances, France shares the grief of Mr. Dale’s family and close friends and extends its most sincere condolences to them.
France calls on the Pakistani authorities to shed full light on this despicable act and relentlessly pursue its perpetrators in order to bring them to justice.
Colombia : kidnapping of a French journalist by the FARC
Regarding the fate of the France 24 journalist in Colombia, has there been any claim of responsibility by the FARC, allowing us to confirm that he is being held hostage by them ? Can you confirm that he’s injured as Colombia’s defense minister is saying ?
The information we have is that our compatriot was ambushed while reporting on an operation to combat drug trafficking.
During this operation, he was allegedly injured and captured along with 5 Colombian soldiers who have been released while Mr. Roméo Langlois is still being held. Even though there hasn’t been any formal claim of responsibility for his abduction, we, like the Colombian authorities, believe that he’s most likely being held by the FARC.
We hold the FARC responsible for Mr. Langlois’s situation. The group publicly pledged to end the practice of kidnapping. We urge them to uphold this commitment and call on them to immediately release Mr. Langlois.
As the Ministre d’Etat stated yesterday, we’re doing everything we can to secure our compatriot’s release. We’re in close contact with the Colombian authorities, Mr. Langlois’s family, and with the France 24 editorial team for which he works.